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The wonky lettering on this '87 Maxima's alarm indicator looked goofy, but at least drivers had no problems interpreting its meaning. Not so for this '81 Pontiac Bonneville's parking-brake pedal!


Pump To Set? Try saying that a few times. Are all pedals pumped? Are all parking brakes set? Hmmm... you don't really press a parking-brake pedal, nor do you push it. But doesn't pumping imply multiple actions? Keep pumping the pedal until the car tells you to stop? We're not sure what this pedal's designers found objectionable about simply labeling the pedal PARKING BRAKE and letting the users puzzle out its operation on their own, but there it is: PUMP TO SET!

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